News & Updates

Homeowners’ Nightmare: ‘The Watcher’

MSNBC’s Alex Witt and I discussed this spooky New Jersey story with a legal foundation … watch and see whether the spooked buyers really can give back their home to the sellers.

Speaking of Marriage

Planning to wed? Mazel tov! #lovewins and so will you and your betrothed with a little planning: http://www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/celebrate/letter-law

Justin Bieber Faces Copyright Claim

Readers of On Your Case know of my deep affection for Justin Bieber — not his music, necessarily, but his endless, and instructive, run ins with the law. The intersection of his immense stardom and his … sometimes ill-considered decisions have made him almost a one-young-man teaching tool for topics that range from criminal behavior […]

Texas Grants Same-Sex Divorce, But Not Same-Sex Marriage (Yet)

Just days before the United States Supreme Court rules on a case that may make same-sex marriage legal throughout the land, the highest court (for civil cases) in Texas decided a same-sex couple could divorce there, despite the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The decision ends four years of waiting for the couple, Angelique […]

Adoption Joy

Who says law can’t create joy? This story from the Dallas Morning News warmed my heart: a 92-year-old woman adopted the 76-year-old woman who she had raised as her daughter (they are cousins) in a Texas courtroom, where the judge replace the usual teddy bear gifts with elegant orchids to mark the occasion. Dallas Morning […]

Embryo Wars: A Surprising Decision in Chicago

When a couple creates embryos together,who gets to decide their fate if the couple breaks up? These cases are arising across the country as the use of assisted reproductive technology explodes without uniform law to guide its users. Much of the time, a court will favor the person who doesn’t want the embryos used. But in […]

Prom Paperwork?

The New York Times has unearthed what it claims is a mini-trend: vaguely worded and possibly unenforceable releases parents are asked to sign before prom parties. Hmmm. Pro tip #1: cross out the indemnification clause. Pro tip #2: how about talking to your teen instead of shouldering additional responsibility for their foolish behavior? Pro tip #3: as I […]

Returning, happily, to @thecyclemsnbc to guest host; 3p ET

Thursday’s highlights: http://on.msnbc.com/1Ai8WX9  http://on.msnbc.com/1c7Xwtl  on.msnbc.com/1LhhJsz 

Excited to join @msnbcthecycle today as substitute host, 3p ET

Yelp Keeps Negative Reviews Anonymous (for now)…

Closing a long-running battle that pitted an aggrieved small businessman against the behemoth of online reviews, the Virginia Supreme Court held that a state court judge could not force Yelp to unmask the identities of seven unhappy reviewers who posted negative comments on the site. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning Inc. sued Yelp, asserting that the negative […]